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"Sharks in the Time of Saviors is the story of a family, a people, and a legend, all wrapped in one. Faith and grief, rage and love, this book pulses with all of it. Kawai Strong Washburn makes his debut with a wealth of talent and a true artist's eye." --Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by MCD
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karen
Jan 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: shaaaaarks, arcstack
this arrived at my house; unexpected, unrequested, so to whatever book fairy over at MCD knows who i am (and where i live), thank you and happy early shark week!



Charlotte
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sharks In the Time of Saviours by Kawai Strong Washburn is technically my first read of 2020 and what a truly enthralling read. So much so I stayed up way past midnight to finish it! This is a book that needs to be experienced, to be breathed in to your soul and made a part of you. It is one I can see myself reading again and again over the years.
The story takes place in Hawai’i, O'ahu, and the mainland. The writing is so transportive I felt like I was back visiting again for a short time.

It is
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Anneke
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Sharks In the Time of Saviors
Author: Kawai Strong Washburn
Publisher: Fararr, Straus and Giroux/MCD
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Review Date: December 16, 2019

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the blurb:
“ Old myths clash with new realities, love is in a ride or die with grief, faith rubs hard against magic, and comic flips with tragic so much they meld into something new. All told with daredevil lyricism to burn. A ferocious
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Cathy
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I can not wait until others have had the chance to read this book! It is that good.

This new author writes like a poet. Each chapter tells a different story, each story better than the last. This is a story about a family that goes through hell while living in what many as describe as heaven (Hawaii). The story is sad on so many levels, but it keeps you reading to see what will happen next.

In my opinion, parts is this book left itself open to interpretation, especially the end. Because of this,
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Leticia Vila-Sanjuán
beautiful prose, dialogues, multiple POV works well. the ending felt a bit rushed. engrossing characters.
Siobhan
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharks in the Time of Saviours is the story of a family, a miraculous son, and life in modern Hawaii. When Nainoa is seven, he is saved from drowning by sharks, and his parents see this as a sign things are looking up for them. But things aren't simple for Nainoa, and for his siblings Dean and Kaui who both feel like he has a special place in their parents' affections. Each of them travels to mainland USA looking for something, but things don't work out as their parents hope.

It is difficult to
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Marsha
This bizarre, magical novel is set within a world of Hawaiians dealing with the drastically altered world their ancestors knew. Their brown skins mark them as being different, other, much like other people and, strive as they might, they cannot escape the invisible stigma that clings to them, even in 21st -century America.

But miracles exist, visions shimmer just out of sight and the characters alternate in belief and skepticism about the magic that flits about their lives. Noa appears to be
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Kim McGee
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars
When a young Hawaiian boy is gently guided back to the boat he fell from in the jaws of a shark unharmed, his family and the others who witness the event know that he has been blessed by the gods. Soon, people are coming from all over for Noa to bless them or heal them. It is exhausting for Noa but the money helps his family make it from week to week. Fast forward and Noa and his sister and brother are all going to school on the mainland where their lives will take a much different
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Kim McGee
3 1/2 stars
When a young Hawaiian boy is gently guided back to the boat he fell from in the jaws of a shark unharmed, his family and the others who witness the event know that he has been blessed by the gods. Soon, people are coming from all over for Noa to bless them or heal them. It is exhausting for Noa but the money helps his family make it from week to week. Fast forward and Noa and his sister and brother are all going to school on the mainland where their lives will take a much different
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Sasha
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
First I would like to state that I have received this book through goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. This book was a very interesting read. It pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. I would recommend this book to others. It is a very good read
Diane
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Again another top 10 novel.. Soon to be released.
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